(You can read all of Kaet’s adventures, starting with why I’m doing things this way, by checking out the series Table of Contents at the end of this post. Alternatively, if you are here primarily for juicy pet-related news, feel free to skip these bits — they’re optional.)
I really need names for these crabs. I can’t just keep calling them “the red crab”, “the blue crab”, “the white crab”. Any suggestions? I’m thinking something … snazzy but just a little bit classy … *grin* My normal method is to choose something related to the scientific name of the creature, but I ended up with a hunter named Chiroptera that way, so I have to be careful about it.
Anyway, there I was in Westfall, having finally escaped Elwynn Forest. I had a random collection of Westfall quests that I had picked up on my trip through when I went to tame my crabs, so I had plenty to work on. But I quickly learned the real problem with Westfall: it’s a great place for cooking, but a terrible place for inventory space. Between the cookable bits of corpses and mining every dot on my map, and all the various quest drops from all and sundry, I was flat out of space in no time at all.
After the third long, tedious run back to the inn in Sentinel Hill to mail off stacks of things to my “hold-this-for-me alt”, I decided it was time to give in and buy some bigger bags. Now I was complaining about not having any cash just a post or two ago, but by the time I left Elwynn I’d piled up some nice stacks of copper bars and leaher, and I’d found a couple of nice white equipment drops. That hold-this alt I mentioned had put them all up on the auction house and I’d actually made a nice little bit, especially from the copper. Mining saves the day! Anyway, I could afford a few bags. Now back to questing! And hopefully now for longer than 5 minutes at a time …
I learned very quickly in Westfall that my crab and I can take on four murlocs at once, or five murlocs almost at once, in quick succession – but no more. A couple of quick deaths hammered home that lesson. Still, it was really something — I accidentally wandered into a respawn from the last person to go through, so every time I killed a murloc another one spawned and started walloping me. We did really well, considering!
Then it was off to kill various bandits and coyotes and birds and mechanical doodads. It was nice quick progress, although I did have some trouble grabbing aggro on the mechanical harvesters in the fields. After a few fights I noticed that my crab wasn’t using Growl! That would explain it … but why not? I turned off Claw and forced him to Growl, and what do you know? Harvest Watchers are immune to Growl. My crab is way smarter than I am. (Harvest Watchers are also immune to Serpent Sting. They just aren’t a whole lot of fun for hunters).
Unfortunately around this point I started having trouble with lag. I’d mark an enemy and send the crab in, and then the crab and the enemy would dance back and forth as they tried to negotiate who was really where. After the enemy was dead, there’s be about a 50/50 chance that the corpse wasn’t anywhere near the actual corpse and so I couldn’t loot. *sigh* But hey, that helps with the inventory space problem, right?
And then, somehow, I ran out of ammo. I have no idea how that happened. But I realized (as I was running back to town in an annoyed mood) that I really don’t like my gun anyway. It’s too loud. This has probably been a factor with my Tauren characters as well — I haven’t played a Tauren past level 20 — and I have just never realized. But I am determined to push little Kaet all the way to 70! So I had to fix the gun problem.
The solution, of course, was to train in bows. I took a long trip to Darnassus and learned to use a bow and arrows. Since I was in Darnassus anyway I picked up a level 10 green bow off the auction house. I could have waited two levels and bought a much nicer level level 16 bow, but I needed a bow now! (I had hit 14 by this point, and traded out the red crab for the blue one. I don’t always remember to mention these things.) And anyway, the bow was much better than the level 1 gun I was still using. (Not many gun quest rewards in Elwynn.)
But then I got thinking about it and decided I might want a crossbow. So I took the boat to the Exodar, learned to use a crossbow, and bought a cheap one off a vendor to try it out. And that was the end of the copper bar money I had saved up! I probably should have bought my level 14 skills first, but I forgot …
Anyway, then it was back to Westfall! For the record, I HATE Dust Devils.
And then I realized: I’d completely forgotten about talents! There I was at level 14 and I hadn’t spent a single talent point. Time to rectify that! My first five points (which was all I had at that point) all went into Endurance Training, of course. Shortly thereafter I hit level 15 and put the new point into … Improved Revive Pet. Yes, yes, I know a lot of people think this is silly — the goal is to keep your pet alive, not rez it faster. But I’m really bad at that sometimes. And I appreciate the smaller amount of mana burned when I have to rez my pet repeatedly in a short period of time because I’m being an idiot.
Unfortunately, at this point I felt like I’d hit a wall. I wasn’t doing at all well against the level 17 and 18 Defias I was supposed to be killing and I didn’t have any other quests left in Westfall. I checked Thotbott and decided that I was supposed to have delievered a message to Redridge by now, so I wandered off to do that. I really prefer to finish up an area before I move on, but much of WoW — or more accurately, much of Azeroth — isn’t set up that way.
But lo and behold, I found that Redridge is just chock full of quests for my level! I should have come here earlier. Why was the connecting quest that sent me here orange?! Anyway, I had lots of stuff to do now so I decided to call it a night. Next session I can start bright and happy, with a whole day of questing laid out in front of me!